News Release

Published on Monday, April 16, 2012

In honor of Earth Week April 23-28, Western Technical College will host several events at its La Crosse Campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 23
• The events will kick-off with College president Lee Rasch and Vice President of Operations Mike Pieper taking their annual Dumpster Dive, from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the courtyard between the Academic Resource Center and the Applied Technology Center. Their mission will be to sift through a college dumpster in search of recyclables. The goal is to make the college community more aware of how much “trash” should actually be placed in recycling containers.

Tuesday, April 24
• From 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Bikes Limited will perform free bike inspections and quick tune-ups in the Cleary Courtyard.
• From 12:30-1:30 p.m., everyone is invited to the Student Union for a Bicycle Commuting 101 discussion to learn the rules of the road and safety tips for a safe commute.
• The film “Crude Impact” will be shown from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Student Union. This documentary film explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. A discussion will follow the viewing.

Wednesday, April 25
• A water taste-test will be held in the Student Union from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sample Western’s drinking fountain water and bottled water to see if you can taste a difference, and find out if you’re unnecessarily spending money and resources on bottled water.
• From 1:00-4:00 p.m., join the Sustainability Forum: Sharing Ideas, Determining Actions. The forum will bring together various organizations in the 7 Rivers Region to share best practices and develop breakthrough ideas for growing our local economy and community’s sustainability.
• The film “Food Inc.” will be shown from 4-6:00 p.m. in the Student Union. This film lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry. A discussion will follow the film.

Thursday, April 26
• A discussion on Naturalism will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union followed by a marsh walk at the Myrick Hixon EcoPark. Participants can come to one or both events.
• The final sustainability film, Green Fire, will be shown from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Student Union. The film examines Aldo Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea that a land of ethic for a population facing 21st Century ecological challenges. A discussion will follow the viewing.

Friday, April 27
• Check out the website where the college will be recognizing stakeholders who have gone the extra mile this year in honoring sustainability and our Earth.

Throughout the week, Western’s Tobacco-Free Workgroup will canvas the campus, cleaning up cigarette butts and other waste. Clean-up will take place Monday from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-Noon, and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in.

For more information about these events or about other sustainability efforts at Western, visit